So a couple of months ago I discovered Becky Higgins. She is a little bit of everything...think, home decor, yummy recipies, photography tips and tricks, organization...simply put...everything I'm interested in. ;p She wanted to see if there were any photographers out there who would give back to their local community. The community had to then enter in under their city's photographer and enter a reason why they should be chosen. Kari's jumped right out at me. I'm such a sucker for Daddy stories...and this one...WOW a year he will be away and serving our country. Inspiring to me...mainly because this family all works together to protect us...I know that sounds dramatic but its something I feel that is often overlooked. Another reason this jumped out at me...My husband used to have to be away A LOT and it was hard as a mommy with two kids...and pictures, well, they helped. I would look at him...remember that moment and it didn't feel so hard in that little small space of time. So I wanted to give that to Kari's family and hope that it would help in some small way.
And this is why I chose her...
"We are in the springs and would love to have our pictures taken. We are a family of 4, and hubby is getting ready to deploy to Afganistan. This will be his 4th time to go overseas. Our girls are 7 and 2. I would love to have some pics to capture our family before he goes. They are going to change so much while he is gone, I want to capture how close they are to him right now. I know this one is going to be hard on the little one as she is a daddy’s girl and isn’t going to understand daddy’s gone for a long time. Please pick us your work is beautiful and I’d love to have it in our home."
So enjoy some of the pictures from this sweet and beautiful family's photo session
Monday, June 07, 2010
Memories...so many with this family! Friday night pizza night, Saturday morning sante fe runs (all though usually not after a Friday night get together) birthdays, trips to AZ, projects on the house, babysitting, lunch breaks with the office, Christmas parties...memories...so many with this family. I share a lot of who I am with them...I've cried and laughed a lot, shared losses and celebrated good times. So how do I describe this family to you...to describe what they mean to me...I'm at a loss for words but what I can do is tell you that I love them...I love how they relate to eachother. I love that they found eachother in highschool. I love that they are CRAZY about Hayley...crazy about my kids. I love that they are a part of me. They are a part of my happiness in life. They just make me happy. So, this is the Helwege family, a part of my family.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
First impression with this family...Fun! I met them in the parking lot and they had this big beautiful dog Echo...Nate was holding Jackson, who at 1 has some cool style going on. Tara and Ashley...they were laughing at something and def had the beautiful girl next door vibe going for them. I knew instantly that it would be a fun and relaxed session. What I loved about photographing them is that they totally made it theirs. Nate had some really unique ideas that might have made Tara and I a bit nervous with Jackson...only a Dad would come up with a rockclimbing idea. Seriously cool people. Had it just been the two of them I would have had them try the cliff jumping idea...just kidding Nate...sort of. But next time for sure we can try that. ;) They also brought a long their really close friend Ashley who is a wedding planner (to all the brides out there I have her name and number should you need a great planner) to help out with Jackson. I think I might have bossed her around a bit...(or maybe the correct term would be "artistic direction" ha...sounds better that way) but hey she was game and she also had some great ideas for the fam. So by the end of the session I really just felt a connection with them. They reminded me of my family...and again, as a photographer its such a blessing for me to be a part of these moments. So thank you so much!